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Best Cherry Blossom spots in Tokyo

The cherry blossom season is from late March through April in Japan. In Tokyo, it is from late March to early April. The blossom is in full bloom only for several days.

The followings are amazing cherry blossoms spots in Tokyo.

1. Chidorigafuchi and Kitanomaru Park
Access: Kudanshita Station
Features: Illumination during blooming season until 22:00

 

 

 

 

Hundreds of cherry trees decorate the moats of the Imperial palace. There are many small boats for rent. Many people enjoy cherry blossom viewing from boats. Night views are fantastic, because the trees are lit up in the evenings.

2. Shinjuku Gyoen
Admission: 500 yen, Open: 9:00 to 16:30
Access: Shinjuku-Gyoen-mae Station or Sendagaya Station
10 minuted-walk from Shinjuku Station

 

 

 

 

It is a very large botanical garden featuring more than one thousand cherry trees of over a dozen varieties. There are not only Japanese gardens, but also an English landscape garden, a French formal garden and a forest called Mother and Child’s forest. There are spacious lawn areas, so many people enjoy picnics.

3. Meguro river
Access: Nakameguro station
Features: Along the river, you can enjoy about 800 cherry trees.

 

 

 

 

The Nakameguro Sakura Festival is held during blooming season. There are many shops selling local foods including sweets and snacks.

4. Ueno Park
Access: Ueno Station
Features: Illumination during blooming season until 22:00

 

 

 

 

Ueno is one of the most popular and crowded hanami spots in Tokyo. There are over 800 cherry trees along the central path, and people picnic on both sides, using blankets or tarps to claim whatever space they can. Lanterns are strung up, so you can party on into the evening.

5. Sumida Park
Access: Asakusa Station
Features: The park is located along the Sumida river and near the Sensoji temple in Asakusa

 

 

 

 

The area stretching from Azuma Bridge to Sakura Bridge on the Sumida River is a super famous hanami spot and has been for centuries. More than 1,000 cherry trees line the river. You can see Tokyo Skytree tower from here. It is also fabulous to take a mini-cruise on a yakatabune boat.

6. Oyoko river and Sumida river
Access: boat ride from Asakusa, Hinode or Odaiba

 

 

 

 

Along the Sumida river, which is the biggest river in Tokyo, there are many cherry trees. You can see cherry blossoms from a big boat which regularly runs between Asakusa and Hinode pier or Odaiba. The Oyoko river is a small river connected to the Sumida river. Small boats offer cherry blossoms viewing service during the cherry season.

■■ Cherry blossom tour in Tokyo

Cherry blossom viewing tour in Tokyo by Eddy

By Eddy

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